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  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flourish  \Flour"ish\,  n.;  pl  {Flourishes}. 
  1.  A  flourishing  condition;  prosperity;  vigor.  [Archaic] 
 
  The  Roman  monarchy,  in  her  highest  flourish,  never 
  had  the  like  --Howell. 
 
  2.  Decoration;  ornament;  beauty. 
 
  The  flourish  of  his  sober  youth  Was  the  pride  of 
  naked  truth.  --Crashaw. 
 
  3.  Something  made  or  performed  in  a  fanciful,  wanton,  or 
  vaunting  manner,  by  way  of  ostentation,  to  excite 
  admiration,  etc.;  ostentatious  embellishment;  ambitious 
  copiousness  or  amplification;  parade  of  words  and  figures; 
  show  as  a  flourish  of  rhetoric  or  of  wit. 
 
  He  lards  with  flourishes  his  long  harangue. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  A  fanciful  stroke  of  the  pen  or  graver;  a  merely 
  decorative  figure. 
 
  The  neat  characters  and  flourishes  of  a  Bible 
  curiously  printed.  --Boyle. 
 
  5.  A  fantastic  or  decorative  musical  passage;  a  strain  of 
  triumph  or  bravado,  not  forming  part  of  a  regular  musical 
  composition;  a  cal;  a  fanfare. 
 
  A  flourish,  trumpets!  strike  alarum,  drums!  --Shak. 
 
  6.  The  waving  of  a  weapon  or  other  thing  a  brandishing;  as 
  the  flourish  of  a  sword. 




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